Europe’s Moment of Decision

Many European leaders have grown accustomed to declaring their commitment to enlarging and strengthening the EU while doing everything in their power to subvert these goals. This form of political racketeering may win elections, but the EU's proposed Reform Treaty, if implemented, will force governments to choose which side they're really on.

BRUSSELS -- Is amnesia an integral part of politics? When it comes to the treaty to reform the Union’s institutions, which will be finalized in November, recent events suggest that amnesia does play a central role.

Let’s examine the “illness” that leads certain EU leaders with questionable scruples to forget even the recent past. Busy with domestic political affairs, they do not hesitate to use Europe as a scapegoat to avoid breaking bad news to their fellow citizens. Some display separatist tendencies that worry, and frustrate, their electorates. No surprise, then, that many EU citizens refuse, or at least hesitate, to embrace the European cause.

This form of political racketeering may win elections, but it sabotages any opportunity to experience, or to perceive, politics as a process that can contribute to global development.

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